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									  Challenges
Confronting the
    Church
        Challenges Confronting the
                 Church
• April 25: “Day of Silence.”
        Challenges Confronting the
                 Church
• April 25: “Day of Silence.”
   – Teachers and students will
     say nothing and pass out
     homosexual propaganda.
        Challenges Confronting the
                 Church
• April 25: “Day of Silence.”
   – Teachers and students will
     say nothing and pass out
     homosexual propaganda.
   – Hundreds of thousands of
     schools will participate.
             The Lord Warned us of
                  Challenges
• “False prophets also arose
  among the people, just as
  there will be false
  teachers among you, who
  will secretly bring in
  destructive heresies, even
  denying the Master who
  bought them, bringing
  upon themselves swift
  destructions. And many
  will follow their sensuality,
  and because of them the
  way of truth will be
  blasphemed” (2 Pt 2:1-2,
  ESV).
            The Lord Warned us of
                 Challenges
• “The time is coming when
  people will not endure
  sound teaching, but
  having itching ears they
  will accumulate for
  themselves teachers to
  suit their own passions,
  and will turn away from
  listening to the truth and
  wander off into myths” (2
  Tm 4:3-4, ESV).
      Challenges Confronting the
               Church
• THE CHALLENGE OF
  WORSHIP.
• THE CHALLENGE OF
  PREACHING.
• THE CHALLENGE OF
  WOMEN’S ROLE.
• THE CHALLENGE OF
  DENOMINATIONALISM.
The Challenge of Worship
The Challenge of Worship
      • “In the course of time Cain
        brought to the LORD an offering
        of the fruit of the ground, and
        Abel also brought of the
        firstborn of his flock and of their
        fat portions. And the LORD had
        regard for Abel and his offering,
        but for Cain and his offering he
        had no regard. So Cain was very
        angry, and his face fell” (Gn 4:3-
        5, ESV).
The Challenge of Worship
      • “So the king took counsel and made two calves
        of gold. And he said to the people, ‘You have
        gone up to Jerusalem long enough. Behold your
        gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the
        land of Egypt.’ And he set one in Bethel, and the
        other he put in Dan. Then this thing became a
        sin, for the people went as far as Dan to be
        before one. He also made temples on high
        places and appointed priests from among all the
        people, who were not of the Levites. And
        Jeroboam appointed a feast on the fifteenth day
        of the eighth month like the feast that was in
        Judah, and he offered sacrifices on the altar. So
        he did in Bethel, sacrificing to the calves that he
        made. And he placed in Bethel the priests of the
        high places that he had made. He went up to
        the altar that he had made in Bethel on the
        fifteenth day in the eighth month, in the month
        that he had devised from his own heart. And he
        instituted a feast for the people of Israel and
        went up to the altar to make offerings” (1 Ki
        12:28-33, ESV).
The Lord’s Standards
   • “The hour is coming, and is
     now here, when the true
     worshipers will worship the
     Father in spirit and truth, for
     the Father is seeking such
     people to worship him. God is
     spirit, and those who worship
     him must worship in spirit and
     truth” (Jn 4:23-24, ESV).
The Lord’s Standards
   • “I am a great King, says the
     LORD of hosts, and my name
     will be feared among the
     nations” (Mal 1:14b, ESV).
The Lord’s Standards
   • “I am a great King, says the
     LORD of hosts, and my name
     will be feared among the
     nations” (Mal 1:14b, ESV).
   • Fear=honor, worship.
Foreign Worship
 • The largest congregation of
   churches of Christ has added
   an instrumental service with
   communion on Saturday night
   (The Christian Chronicle,
   January 2007).
Consumer-Driven Culture
     • There’s nothing wrong with a
       consumer-driven culture at
       Wal-Mart.
Consumer-Driven Culture
     • There’s nothing wrong with a
       consumer-driven culture at
       Wal-Mart.
     • No place for that in worship!
Consumer-Driven Culture
     • There’s nothing wrong with a
       consumer-driven culture at
       Wal-Mart.
     • No place for that in worship!
     • Worship is a place to honor
       God!
The Challenge of Preaching
  The Challenge of Preaching
• “I charge you in the presence of God and of
  Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and
  the dead, and by his appearing and his
  kingdom: preach the word; be ready in
  season and out of season; reprove, rebuke,
  and exhort, with complete patience and
  teaching” (2 Tm 4:1-2, ESV).
  The Challenge of Preaching
• “An appalling and horrible thing has
  happened in the land: the prophets
  prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at
  their direction; my people love to have it so,
  but what will you do when the end comes?”
  (Jer 5:30-31, ESV).
         Today’s Preaching
• Much preaching today concerns pop-
  psychology, felt needs, current events, etc.
         Today’s Preaching
• Much preaching today concerns pop-
  psychology, felt needs, current events, etc.
• Few sermons anymore contain much
  Scripture.
        Sermon Illustrations
• Jesus used illustrations (e.g., the parables).
        Sermon Illustrations
• Jesus used illustrations (e.g., the parables).
• Jesus used visual aids (e.g., a coin and a
  child).
      What is the Content of
           Preaching?
• “Preach the WORD.”
        What is the Content of
             Preaching?
• “Preach the WORD.”
• “I did not shrink from declaring to you the
  WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD” (Acts 20:27,
  ESV).
        What is the Content of
             Preaching?
• “Preach the WORD.”
• “I did not shrink from declaring to you the
  WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD” (Acts 20:27,
  ESV).
• The call of the prophets.
        What is the Content of
             Preaching?
• “Preach the WORD.”
• “I did not shrink from declaring to you the
  WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD” (Acts 20:27,
  ESV).
• The call of the prophets:
  – “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and
    speak with MY WORDS to them” (Ezek 3:4,
    ESV).
        What is the Content of
             Preaching?
• “Preach the WORD.”
• “I did not shrink from declaring to you the
  WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD” (Acts 20:27,
  ESV).
• The call of the prophets:
  – “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and
    speak with MY WORDS to them” (Ezek 3:4,
    ESV).
  – “Whatever I command you, you shall speak”
    (Jer 1:7, ESV).
 The Challenge of
Denominationalism
 The Challenge of
Denominationalism
• “I do not ask for these only, but
  also for those who will believe in
  me through their word, that they
  may all be one, just as you,
  Father, are in me, and I in you,
  that they also may be in us, so
  that the world may believe that
  you have sent me” (Jn 17:20-21,
  ESV).
 The Challenge of
Denominationalism
• Jesus died that he “might
  reconcile us both to God in one
  body through the cross, thereby
  killing the hostility” (Eph 2:16,
  ESV).
 The Challenge of
Denominationalism
• Jesus died that he “might
  reconcile us both to God in one
  body through the cross, thereby
  killing the hostility” (Eph 2:16,
  ESV).
   – In context, Paul is speaking of the
     division between Jew & Gentile.
 The Challenge of
Denominationalism
• Jesus died that he “might
  reconcile us both to God in one
  body through the cross, thereby
  killing the hostility” (Eph 2:16,
  ESV).
   – In context, Paul is speaking of the
     division between Jew & Gentile.
   – However, Jesus died to UNITE his
     believers!
            Unity
• Unity is important, but we dare
  not sacrifice truth on the altar of
  unity!
           Unity
• Unity is important, but we dare
  not sacrifice truth on the altar of
  unity!
• Two churches in Lexington, KY—
  one a capella and one
  instrumental—have established a
  joint Spanish ministry (The
  Christian Chronicle, July 2004).
The Challenge of
 Women’s Role
The Challenge of Women’s Role
• “I want you to understand
  that the head of every man
  is Christ, the head of a
  [woman] is [man], and the
  head of Christ is God” (1 Cor
  11:3, ESV).
The Challenge of Women’s Role
• “I do not permit a woman to
  teach or to exercise authority
  over a man; rather, she is to
  remain quiet. For Adam was
  formed first, then Eve; and
  Adam was not deceived, but
  the woman was deceived
  and became a transgressor”
  (1 Tm 2:12-14, ESV).
                    1 Timothy 2
• Some folks say Paul was
  prejudiced, this was cultural,
  or that women were teaching
  error in Ephesus.
                    1 Timothy 2
• Some folks say Paul was
  prejudiced, this was cultural,
  or that women were teaching
  error in Ephesus.
• However, Paul ties the
  prohibition to Creation.
         Equality of the Sexes
• “In the Lord woman is not
  independent of man nor
  man of woman; for as
  woman was made from
  man, so man is now born of
  woman. And all things are
  from God” (1 Cor 11:11-12,
  ESV).
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              “Gender Justice”
• “In general, gender justice means recognizing that men
  and women are created by God, redeemed by Christ, and
  gifted by the Spirit truly without distinction or partiality.
  In Christian community, gender justice means
  encouraging both men and women to exercise their
  Spirit-given gifts in the church’s work, worship, and
  leadership, and celebrating the truth that the Spirit
  grants such gifts without respect to gender. Concretely,
  gender justice in the Church of Christ includes opening
  traditionally masculine leadership roles and activities
  (deacon, elder, minister, worship leader, preacher,
  teacher, etc.) to women, and encouraging men to
  discover and cultivate their gifts for activities traditionally
  performed by women.”
                  Roy Lanier, Jr.
• Well-known preacher and
  former instructor at Bear
  Valley Bible Institute.
                  Roy Lanier, Jr.
• Well-known preacher and
  former instructor at Bear
  Valley Bible Institute.
• Interview in April 2002
  The Christian Chronicle.
                  Roy Lanier, Jr.
• Well-known preacher and
  former instructor at Bear
  Valley Bible Institute.
• Interview in April 2002
  The Christian Chronicle.
• Brother Lanier was asked
  what areas of preaching
  had been neglected.
                     Roy Lanier, Jr.
• First, does the current generation know who we are? We are in
  a serious identity crisis. Are we just another denomination, or
  are we identical to the church the Lord built (Matt. 16:18)? Too
  many of our scholars have imbibed at the tables of
  denominational pap. They find the courage to criticize
  brethren, but do not have the courage to criticize their
  denominational teachers and friends.
   – One can read clear and simple descriptions of the Lord’s people in the
     New Testament. No description or mention of any denomination can be
     found in the New Testament.
   – Who among us is still willing to proclaim these truths? Our folks have
     not heard this for years, and they surely need to know these
     distinctions.
                     Roy Lanier, Jr.
• Second, current cries for tolerance can compromise the truth.
  Truth is not relative; experience, feelings, choice and opinions
  do not change the words of our Lord.
   – Too many discussions and forums today are simply a pooling of
     ignorance. Incompetent teachers, skilled in communication, but almost
     illiterate in doctrine, are feeding our churches sophomoric soup that
     could be obtained in most denominational churches.
   – New trends that excite, stir feelings and answer questions the Lord
     never asked are taken into the bosoms of misled men and women.
     University administrations have been too lenient in suffering brilliant
     scholarly teachers to confuse students who can only leave school with
     more questions than answers. Too many elders have been too lenient
     and patient with men in their pulpits who clearly teach unsound
     doctrines.
                  Roy Lanier, Jr.

• Third, we need to answer
  the same questions our
  forefathers answered on
  the frontiers of America
  and Europe: who is saved
  and who is lost, how is one
  saved, when is one saved,
  how is one assured of
  salvation, what worship
  pleases God, and with
  whom are we in
  fellowship? Answers were
  found in God’s Word.
            The Church’s Future
• “Remember Jesus Christ,
  risen from the dead, the
  offspring of David, as
  preached in my gospel, for
  which I am suffering,
  bound with chains as a
  criminal. But THE WORD
  OF GOD IS NOT BOUND!”
  (2 Tm 2:8-9, ESV).
            The Church’s Future
• “Let us be grateful for
  receiving a kingdom that
  cannot be shaken, and
  thus let us offer to God
  acceptable worship, with
  reverence and awe, for our
  God is a consuming fire”
  (Heb 12:28-29, ESV).
Are you honoring
the God who is a
consuming fire?

								
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